Harry Reeder’s 3D Leadership: Book Review

Reeder III, Harry L. 3D Leadership: Defining, Developing and Deploying Christian Leaders Who Can Change the World. Scotland, UK: Christian Focus, 2018. For too long, when it comes to making leaders, the church has been held captive by the ways of the world. “Genuine, effective leadership must be learned from God’s Word, nurtured in God’sContinue reading “Harry Reeder’s 3D Leadership: Book Review”

C. John Miller’s Outgrowing the Ingrown Church: Book Review

Miller, John C. Outgrowing the Ingrown Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1986, 1999. Where’s the focus of your church? A church’s gaze matters. Is your church an inwardly or outwardly focused church? The focus of your church ultimately ends up shaping the character, identity, and mission of the church. Identity shapes mission (42). This isContinue reading “C. John Miller’s Outgrowing the Ingrown Church: Book Review”

Review: Jose Humphreys’ Seeing Jesus in East Harlem

Humphreys, Jose. Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2018. I first heard of Jose Humphreys from an IVP Podcast on gentrification. I’m a church planter in Philly who is deep in the mix of a neighborhood in transition. There are drug dealersContinue reading “Review: Jose Humphreys’ Seeing Jesus in East Harlem”

Remember Death: a brief review

I still remember the cold and indifferent eyes of the two young men who just walked past me. Maleek* was just shot seventeen times in front of our house. A crowd had gathered as we waited for the cops to give another scoop and run. The shots ringing out, the blood-stained shirt, the lifeless body.Continue reading “Remember Death: a brief review”

Thought’s on Eric Mason’s Woke Church, part 1

*These are just a few initial thoughts taken from ch. 1 Mason, Eric. Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice. Chicago, IL: Moody, 2018. The church is asleep when it comes to issues of race and injustice. Well, it certainly seems awake given all the rancor swirling around,Continue reading “Thought’s on Eric Mason’s Woke Church, part 1”

Review: Uche Anizor’s How to Read Theology: Engaging Doctrine Critically and Charitably

Anizor, Uche. How to Ready Theology: Engaging Doctrine Critically and Charitably. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2018. We don’t give much thought to reading theology. Sure we read it and interact with it, but we don’t often step back and consider how we should read and interact with theology. In other words, we do theology, oftenContinue reading “Review: Uche Anizor’s How to Read Theology: Engaging Doctrine Critically and Charitably”

Book Review: Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City

Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City offers an engaging and often heartbreaking look at gentrification in the US. He focuses specifically on four unique cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. Each city offers a slightly different perspective on gentrification. New Orleans had a “clean slate” after the devastation of Katrina. Detroit’sContinue reading “Book Review: Peter Moskowitz’s How to Kill a City”

Review: Nick Foles’ Believe It

NOTE: this has nothing to do with my D. Min., but everything to do with my love for the Eagles! Foles, Nick with Joshua Cooley. Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale Momentum, 2018. What I appreciate about Nick Foles’ Believe It is that Nick Foles isContinue reading “Review: Nick Foles’ Believe It”